Shieldaig - Wester Ross
Shieldaig (Scottish Gaelic: Sìldeag) is a village in Wester Ross in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland.
The Torridon area of the Western Highlands (consisting of Loch Torridon and the smaller Loch Shieldaig) is situated on the west coast of Scotland, in Wester Ross. The mountains (Liathach, Beinn Alligin, Sgorr Ruadh, Maol Chean-deargare) are very nearly the highest in Britain, rising in places almost vertically to 3500 feet from the deep sea lochs.
The village was founded in 1800 with a view to training up seamen for war against Napoleon. After his (initial) defeat and exile to Elba, the community found itself a new role as a fishing village. The small Shieldaid Island just offshore never had its tall pines harvested to rig warships, and has now become a nature sanctuary.
The name of the village is a Viking word meaning loch of the herring which do indeed still populate the bay in some profusion.
Shieldaig is a community of around 85 people, with its own school, a small pub, a village hall and a church. It is much used as a holiday destination, attracting those interested fishing, and explorers of the Torridon Hills, which are a few miles around the coast.